Karl Tu'inukuafe rugby player
Karl Tu'inukuafe rugby player

Karl Tu'inukuafe

21st Feb 1993 1.86m/135kg Loosehead Prop

Karl spent a season with French club Narbonne, where former Wallaby Rocky Elson was a player & shareholder.

Tu'inukuafe learnt off some wily veterans in France and was meant to return for a second season, but a broken leg put paid to that.

Tuinukuafe weighed 170 kilograms before he was warned by doctors that his weight was life-threatening, ultimately he turned to rugby.

He lined out for North Harbour during the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup campaign and he was regarded as one of the strongest scrummagers in 2017 NPC.

A fifth-choice loose-head prop for the Hamilton-based franchise, Karl was named on the bench for the Chiefs for Round 3 of 2018 Super Rugby.

In May 2018, he joined the All Blacks squad as an injury replacement ahead of the June Test Series against France. He made his test debut off the bench against France in the first test and featured in all three tests.

Tuinukuafe featured in 16 of the Chiefs 17 Super Rugby matches and at the end of the season he signed a three deal with the Blues and New Zealand Rugby.

He made his first test start against Los Pumas during the 2018 Rugby Championship match in Nelson.

Tuinukuafe's incredible year was capped off with a nomination for the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year. He made 13 appearances for the All Blacks in his debut season in test rugby having made his Super Rugby debut that same year.


The former club bouncer will look to cement his play in the All Blacks squad for the World Cup with his new Super Rugby side, the Blues, in 2019.


JW Jan 19



Career

image North Harbour
Loosehead Prop
2017 - present
auckland-blues Blues
Loosehead Prop
2019 - present
chiefs Chiefs
Loosehead Prop
2018 - 2018
photo New Zealand
Loosehead Prop
2018 - 2019